The M1911 has been in service for nearly 120 years – an amazing feat in a world of planned obsolescence and poor designs. First used “en masse” during WWI, it has retained its popularity over decades and decades of use in combat, law enforcement and personal defense.
The 1911 pistol has its origins in the search for and development of a self-loading (semi-automatic) pistol that had the maximum knockdown power required on the modern battlefield of the 20th century. The 1911 was chambered in the Colt .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol) which revived the .45 Colt which was a heavier round popularized during the Wild West of the previous century. The 1911 outperformed all other contenders in a shoot-off and was eventually adopted by the United States Army on March 29th 1911. The trusty semi-auto was first fielded in operations against Poncho Villa and has since been carried by infantry and cavalry men at Belleau Wood, on the sands of Iwo Jima, the jungles of Vietnam and currently in the Global War on Terror . The single stack design makes it popular with the “concealed carry” enthusiasts who find it easier to hide due to its sleek and slender design.